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All Blog Posts Tagged 'sleep' (156)

How could I possibly be this tired?

I am tired. No, I'm not even going to try out that trick in which I tell myself that I am not tired and convince myself through the power of positive thinking.



This is why I am tired:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 28, 2017 at 7:03am — No Comments

The bedtime I've imposed upon you

My son knows a lot of things: He knows how to tell time (both analogue and digital), how our hemisphere is tilted closer to the sun in the summer, that he gets a break from school through most of June-August, and (of course) he knows how important sleep is.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 24, 2017 at 6:28am — No Comments

When Mom gives you advice...

A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of maintaining bedtime because I am obsessed with sleep. (But in reality, aren't most parents obsessed with sleep?) Then I was reminded that my amazing Mother reads my blog. She texted me to say it would be a good idea to extend my son's bedtime if he spends the…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 21, 2017 at 7:01am — No Comments

The fad of wellness

A few weeks ago, I went to a conference with my Mom to learn more about blogging. (Once you are done reading this, you should check hers out, it is witty and funny and a good read.) We had a blast. We learned a lot (I have homework now), we talked a lot (I love knowing more about my Mom) and we listened to a lot of people talk about wellness (which was a little odd, considering it was a…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 12, 2017 at 6:45am — No Comments

Keep your shaming to yourself

A lot of parents tell me their stories. Sometimes they are stories of a great parenting moment, but most of the time, they are self-ascribed parenting fails.



And I've wondered why so many of us are compelled to share those "bad" stories and make ourselves so vulnerable to others with our moments of…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 3, 2017 at 6:18am — No Comments

5 Practical Approaches for Managing Anxiety

Chronic anxiety can be debilitating. You may struggle to get through your daily life because of your anxiety. Fortunately, there are things that you can do in order to keep your anxiety under control.

 

Limit Your Intake of Caffeine and Alcohol

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Added by Rachael Murphey on June 27, 2017 at 12:46pm — No Comments

The bedtimes we keep

When I was little my parents let me choose one night a week to stay up an extra half-hour. I cannot tell you how crazy-special this was to me at the time, especially in the summer when I felt like the sun hadn't even gone down before I was already tucked in. Normally, I chose Friday nights, because we would watch must-see-tv together as a family and I would be able to sleep in on Saturday morning.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 7, 2017 at 9:02am — No Comments

Getting back to our routines

Last weekend, my son went to swim lessons. It had been three weeks since he had been, and on the car ride home he happily talked all about them. "It's good to get back to the routine of them," he said.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 5, 2017 at 6:55am — No Comments

The secret of the morning

I'm going to tell you a secret:



I've mentioned before that I am a morning person, and it is true: I am usually at my best in the morning. My alarm goes off, I get out of bed and my brain starts buzzing about the day I am going to have.…



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Added by Lauren Markman on March 27, 2017 at 7:05am — No Comments

How to tell someone they are cranky

Inexplicably, my son wakes up early on the weekends. I don't know how he does this. I know why he does it, as he proudly tells me that he gets himself up early so he can have "the most amount of fun on his days off as possible." But this still doesn't explain how he will not move a muscle when his alarm goes off on school mornings yet wake himself up a good half-hour earlier than his alarm on weekends.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 20, 2017 at 6:43am — No Comments

What's that beeping sound?

When my son was a baby, the smoke alarm went off in our home. It was the same ear-piercing alarm that most smoke alarms make, but oddly, he slept right through it. He didn't even flinch. And, he was still sleeping when the firefighters arrived a few minutes later to give us the all clear that the monoxide alarm was malfunctioning.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 10, 2017 at 6:38am — No Comments

Sleeping on the job

Before I go to bed, I check in on my sleeping son. I love to watch him sleep - he is so still and peaceful and quiet. I often wonder what he is dreaming about as he lays there so still, usually with an arm wrapped around a stuffed animal friend.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 8, 2017 at 6:49am — No Comments

To sleep and forget about it

My little bear hears his alarm, turns it off and shuffles out of his bedroom to my desk where I write this blog. He scrambles into my lap, we snuggle and I ask him some basic questions to determine his morning mood.



(Bad mood days are generally turned around by showing my son pictures of cute baby animals or…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 13, 2017 at 6:31am — No Comments

The technology of sleep

During winter break, my son woke up every morning at around 6 am in an insanely cheerful mood and ready to tackle whatever fun the day would bring. (Mind you, this is the same little bear who grumbles and growls every other morning when his alarm goes off around 7 am.) Although I enjoyed the morning company, after five days of this I asked why he was able to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on January 9, 2017 at 6:25am — No Comments

Where baby sleeps best

When we brought our son home from the hospital, we made a point of making sure he slept in his own crib in his own room every night. We knew that we didn't want him to sleep in our bedroom, as we reasoned that it would be harder to move him to his own room later on: We weren't worried about him becoming too attached to us, rather we were worried about us becoming too attached to him.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 1, 2016 at 6:57am — No Comments

We all are suffering from back pain

On the days I do not run, I have back pain. On the days I do run, I sometimes have back pain, but it seems like it is not as bad. My sweet husband helps rub my sore muscles for me, just as I rub his back when he needs it. He generally has tension in his lower back; mine is at the top.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 12, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments

Mom, can you read me a bedtime word problem?

I know we've talked about math before, but we are going to talk about it again.



When my son goes to bed at night, we read books together. We used to have this deal where he would read to me and then I would read to him, but he reads now as part of his homework time after school, so he gets to relax and…

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Added by Lauren Markman on September 27, 2016 at 6:38am — No Comments

Lay me back to sleep

I am a back sleeper. I try not to be, because I am more likely to snore when I sleep on my back (sorry, honey!). So, I try to sleep on my side, but I know that at some point during the night, I will roll over to my back.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 31, 2016 at 7:01am — No Comments

Even babies need a bedtime

When my son was a baby he slept all the time. (Mostly while laying on me.) I remember having to wake him up to feed him and all the times he fell asleep while still breastfeeding. When I asked our doctor about all this, she asked some questions about family history and determined that everything was fine. She added that we were lucky because our son slept so well.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 16, 2016 at 6:42am — No Comments

Tell me how tired you are

It's the morning and your alarm has just gone off - an angry buzzing sound breaking into that peaceful murky bliss. You hit the alarm with a surprising amount of force and sit up in bed.



The problem is that you feel like you haven't slept at all and you are still tired. No, not just tired. Bone tired, where…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 3, 2016 at 6:21am — No Comments

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